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Weathering California’s marijuana transition: Q&A with cultivation expert Kristin Nevedal

In the patchwork world of U.S. cannabis laws, California’s move toward a more highly regulated market is a “rodeo” worth watching, says Kristin Nevedal. The chief compliance officer at SunFed, the parent company of California-based Humboldt’s Finest, has been on the front line of the Golden State’s transition to a fully legal market. While California […]

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Washington state cannabis businesses want mandatory pesticide testing, worrying small growers

Washington state marijuana business owners are urging regulators to require cultivators to test adult-use crops for pesticides, a move that has triggered alarm bells among smaller growers. Some cultivators hope such a move – already adopted in other states – would inspire confidence among consumers and bolster recreational marijuana sales. But smaller growers – already […]

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Despite historic inroads, federal marijuana reform faces uphill climb before midterm elections

Political support for reforming federal cannabis laws appears to be snowballing: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, President Donald Trump and former House Speaker John Boehner all recently signaled varying levels of support. In short, a variety of pro-cannabis bills – from hemp legalization and tax reform to granting MJ businesses […]

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NCIA leader vows to move forward while ex-board members question group’s direction

The National Cannabis Industry Association and its executive director, Aaron Smith, are at a crossroads. The coming months could prove pivotal.

To be sure, NCIA has racked up many successes along the way and can now boast of having its highest membership total ever.

It posted record revenue last year, and the number of cannabis businesses joining Denver-based NCIA continues to grow.

But critics of Smith and NCIA – including a growing number of veteran industry leaders – say the organization needs fresh leadership and a new direction.

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Week in Review: Pennsylvania flower sales, Oregon’s cannabis surplus & MassRoots’ big losses

Pennsylvania’s medical cannabis dispensaries get the OK to sell flower for vaping, Oregon’s marijuana glut is hurting the state’s smaller growers, and MassRoots reveals that its losses widened to $44 million in 2017. Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week. Positive in Pennsylvania The announcement that […]

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Here’s how the FDA’s review of epilepsy drug could affect CBD companies

It’s shaping up to be a watershed summer for the cannabis industry with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration poised to approve the first drug made from the plant.

The agency’s impending decision on Epidiolex, an epilepsy treatment made of CBD extracted from cannabis flower, could upend decades of government insistence that the plant has no medicinal value.

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Why the US needs federal marijuana reform: Q&A with Congressman Tom Garrett

U.S. Rep. Tom Garrett isn’t the most likely congressional member to embrace federal marijuana reform. The first-term Republican is from a state – Virginia – that has yet to legalize medical marijuana, although its laws provide protections for people who use cannabidiol oils for medical conditions. Why did Garrett introduce the “Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act […]

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Marijuana companies face new regulations, oversight tied to water use

With summer looming, marijuana growers from California to Massachusetts will confront untried regulations and potentially greater enforcement of water-related rules. The development is likely to spread as more states legalize cannabis, presenting MJ growers with additional regulatory oversight and costs. State and local water officials in California – where regulators and growers are trying a […]

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Colorado marijuana edibles company Wana Brands sued over alleged information theft

Wana Brands, a high-profile Colorado edibles maker, has been sued for allegedly stealing confidential business information from a marijuana company that says it was duped into believing it would be acquired. LP Capital, a Colorado extraction company that makes MJ-concentrated vape cartridges, claims in a lawsuit it suffered more than $5 million in damages from lost revenue […]

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